Louisville Federal Defense Attorney
Experienced Federal Defense Lawyer
When clients choose a lawyer, they want the best. Lawyers with a “BV Distinguished” rating from Martindale-Hubbell® are those who have been recognized by their peers for excellence in both legal ability and ethical practice. David S. Mejia has received a 2012 BV Distinguished rating as recognized by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings which has been an integral part of the legal community for over 100 years.
If you, or a relative, friend or someone you know have been notified of a pending federal grand jury investigation, or worse, have been arrested or charged with violating a federal law, it is essential that you contact an attorney who practices law in federal court. The defense of a federal prosecution is not the same as the defense of a state case. The Rules of Practice and Procedure, the Rules of Discovery, the Rules of Evidence, as well as the law of pretrial release or bail pending trial are vastly different from state criminal cases. For example, in state court prosecutions discovery is mandatory immediately after arrest and indictment. In federal prosecutions, only very limited discovery is required before trial which emphasizes the importance of private investigation by the defense without reliance upon the prosecution and law enforcement. officials. Similarly, while bail is common and routinely available in state court prosecutions, in the federal system, particularly in cases involving narcotics or sex offenses, obtaining bail or pretrial release is more difficult. Sentencing practice in federal court is vastly different from that in state courts. Narcotic prosecutions in state court can commonly result, upon conviction, in sentences of probation while in federal narcotic convictions, mandatory minimum prison terms are typical.
Federal prosecutions are brought by the United States Department of Justice and the U.S. Attorneys Office in conjunction with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Also, federal prosecutors and federal law enforcement agencies also work in conjunction with local and state criminal task forces.
Common Federal Prosecutions include:
- Obstruction of Justice
- Hobbs Act Extortion
- Bribery of Public Officials
- Bank Robbery
- Money Laundering
- Mail and Wire Fraud
- Bankruptcy Fraud
- Identity Theft
- Child Pornography
- Narcotic Trafficking
- Crimes committed on federal property
- Weapons Prosecutions
- Racketeering (RICCO)